Houston Texans 2013 Season Preview

This is a preview of the upcoming season for the Houston Texans. The schedule and tickets for the Houston Texans are included.

Last season: 12-4 (Lost in Divisional Round to Patriots)

Vegas Over/Under: 10 Wins

Key Additions: S Ed Reed (FA), WR DeAndre Hopkins (CLEM), S D.J. Swearinger (SCAR)

Key Losses: OLB Connor Barwin, S Glover Quinn, WR Kevin Walter

Strength of Schedule: 27

Despite the Houston Texans making the playoffs in the last two seasons, they have failed to make it out of the second round both times. Matt Schaub was just awful down the stretch last season and in the playoffs, only registering one touchdown and four interceptions heading into the playoff matchup against the Patriots. Houston started the season 11-1, and still managed to not receive a first round bye. Arian Foster is coming off a season in which he led the league in carries, and currently has a calf injury that will keep him on the shelf until training camp. Luckily for the Texans, they play in one the weakest divisions in all of football, so reaching the playoffs for a third straight year shouldn’t be all that difficult.

With the losses of pass catchers Kevin Walter and James Casey this offseason, Houston selected DeAndre Hopkins in the first round, and he should immediately start opposite Andre Johnson. Hopkins give Schaub another weapon that he desperately needs, as Johnson is 32 and his skills are slowly diminishing. There aren’t too many receivers better to learn from than Johnson thought, and I expect Hopkins to be a great receiver in this league. The Texans will be bringing back all five starters from the offensive line this season, and headlining the group is tackle Duane Brown. In the end though, it will all come down to Schaub and Foster. If Schaub can put together a full season as a franchise quarterback, and Foster can continue to be a workhorse, the Texans offense will be just fine.

Defensively, the Texans could possibly be have the first defensive MVP since Lawrence Taylor back in 1986 in reigning defensive player of the year J.J. Watt. Watt put together his stellar last season all while being hurt, which is bad news for the rest of the league. But there is also bad news for the Texans, as free agent safety Ed Reed might not be ready for week one due to offseason hip surgery. Rookie D.J. Swearinger has been running with the first team during offseason practices, and don’t be surprised if he is starting along side Daniel Manning opening day. Stud inside linebacker Brian Cushing will be returning this season from an ACL tear, and will be ready to go week one. Brooks Reed could moving to inside linebacker this season along side Cushing, as long as defensive coordinator Wade Phillips feels comfortable having either rookies Trevardo Williams or Sam Montgomery fill that void.

The Houston Texans open the season on the road at Qualcomm Stadium against the San Diego Chargers. Houston will return home the following week to play host to the Tennessee Titans. You can catch the Texans first home game here, or check out the rest of the Texans’ games through their schedule with tickets below:

Aug 97:00 PM Preseason: Minnesota Vikings vs. Houston TexansMall of America Field at Hubert H Humphrey Metrodome – Minneapolis, MN From $3
Aug 177:00 PM Preseason: Houston Texans vs. Miami DolphinsReliant Stadium – Houston, TX From $14
Aug 253:00 PM Preseason: Houston Texans vs. New Orleans SaintsReliant Stadium – Houston, TX From $16
Aug 297:00 PM Preseason: Dallas Cowboys vs. Houston TexansDallas Cowboy Stadium – Arlington, TX From $4
Sep 97:20 PM San Diego Chargers vs. Houston TexansQualcomm Stadium – San Diego, CA From $60
Sep 1512:00 PM Houston Texans vs. Tennessee TitansReliant Stadium – Houston, TX From $44
Sep 221:00 PM Baltimore Ravens vs. Houston TexansM&T Bank Stadium – Baltimore, MD From $109
Sep 2912:00 PM Houston Texans vs. Seattle SeahawksReliant Stadium – Houston, TX From $44
Oct 65:30 PM San Francisco 49ers vs. Houston TexansCandlestick Park – San Francisco, CA From $61
Oct 1312:00 PM Houston Texans vs. St. Louis RamsReliant Stadium – Houston, TX From $31
Oct 2012:00 PM Kansas City Chiefs vs. Houston TexansArrowhead Stadium – Kansas City, MO From $17
Nov 37:30 PM Houston Texans vs. Indianapolis ColtsReliant Stadium – Houston, TX From $42
Nov 102:25 PM Arizona Cardinals vs. Houston TexansUniversity of Phoenix – Glendale, AZ From $6
Nov 1712:00 PM Houston Texans vs. Oakland RaidersReliant Stadium – Houston, TX From $31
Nov 2412:00 PM Houston Texans vs. Jacksonville JaguarsReliant Stadium – Houston, TX From $31
Dec 13:25 PM Houston Texans vs. New England PatriotsReliant Stadium – Houston, TX From $66
Dec 58:25 PM Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Houston TexansEverBank Field – Jacksonville, FL From $54
Dec 151:00 PM Indianapolis Colts vs. Houston TexansLucas Oil Stadium – Indianapolis, IN From $55
Dec 2212:00 PM Houston Texans vs. Denver BroncosReliant Stadium – Houston, TX From $61
Dec 2912:00 PM Tennessee Titans vs. Houston TexansLP Field – Nashville, TN From $28

Bottom Line

Houston has big time playmakers on the both sides of the ball, and play in one of the weakest divisions in all of football. If they take care of business within the division, that win total is easily attainable. I’m willing to bet on J.J. Watt and company, so I’m going with the over.

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